When AT&T’s and Verizon’s C-band 5G services go live on January 19, buffer zones will be implemented around 50 airports in the United States to reduce the risk of flight disruption. The Federal Aviation Administration released a list (PDF) of the 50 airports it selected, which includes major passenger hubs such as Chicago O’Hare International, Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles Int’l. as The Wall Street Journal Note, they also include airports in misty and cloudy locations like Seattle-Tacoma International, as well as shipping hubs like Indianapolis Int’l.
The carriers were supposed to roll out their 5G service using the newly purchased frequencies on January 5th, but they agreed to comply with a request by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Transportation to delay their expansion for an additional two weeks. Authorities intend to use the extra time to investigate concerns that the new frequencies are too close to those used by aircraft’s radar altimeters. The devices measure the distance between the plane and the ground to help planes land in poor visibility and bad weather. Wireless companies deny that using 5G’s C-band frequencies will disrupt aviation.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and some other busiest airports in the United States are missing from the list, because they are not close to areas where new 5G services are common. Meanwhile, other large airports were also not included as they are considered far enough from the nearest 5G towers.
Airlines for America, the association that represents the largest airlines in North America, said Reuters And the post In a statement, it expressed its appreciation “for the efforts of the FAA to implement mitigations for airports that may be most affected by the disruptions resulting from the deployment of the new 5G service.” However, Kevin Burke, CEO of Airport Group and ACI North America, is not happy. Burke said the list is “largely irrelevant as the entire aviation system is on the verge of being negatively impacted by this poorly planned and coordinated expansion of 5G service in and around airports.”
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